Biden's planned Philadelphia visit recalls "hellish" speech from last year

 December 28, 2023

The Philadelphia Inquirer has announced that President Joe Biden is scheduled to visit Pennsylvania's largest city on January 6.

While it is not clear what the president will be doing, one previous visit to Philadelphia had a decidedly ominous tone. 

Biden lashed out at Republicans in front of blood-red background

Biden delivered a controversial speech outside of Independence Hall in September of last year in which he lashed out at supporters of former President Donald Trump, accusing them of being dangerous extremists.

According to a White House transcript, the president asserted that those who voted for his predecessor "represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic."

As he glowered before a blood-red background, Biden also alleged that "MAGA Republicans do not respect the Constitution. They do not believe in the rule of law.  They do not recognize the will of the people."

Further, he maintained that "the Republican Party today is dominated, driven, and intimidated by Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans, and that is a threat to this country."

President accused GOP of spreading "fear and lies" for "profit and power"

The president insisted that Republicans "embrace anger" and "thrive on chaos" while choosing "to live not in the light of truth but in the shadow of lies."

"MAGA Republicans look at America and see carnage and darkness and despair," Biden insisted before saying that the GOP promotes "fear and lies –- lies told for profit and power."

Fox News reported at the time that the president's remarks did not go over well among critics, with some finding the optics of his speech disturbing.

"The fact that this isn’t photoshopped is surreal," Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy was quoted as saying. "Every time I think Biden and crew can’t be dumber they outdo themselves."

Critics likened scene to something out of Nazi Germany

"Seriously, who gives a speech warning people about how dangerous Republicans are to democracy while having a background that looks like the Soviet Union and Hitler had a baby?" Portnoy asked.

Fox News host Kayleigh McEnany spoke up as well, describing the president's choice of background as looking "hellish."

Meanwhile, then-Ohio Republican Senate candidate J.D. Vance took issue with the commander-in-chief speaking "about his fellow citizens as if they were sewer rats."

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